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CIVIL LIBERTIES: NZ Government Fast Tracks Anti-Terrorism Bill

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Parliament has been sitting under urgency to push through a number of controversial bills, including the 'Terrorism (Bombings and Financing) (Suppression) Bill'

Urgency suspends Parliament's normal rules, allowing the Government to pass legislation in a matter of days. It can also bypass the normal process of hearing public submissions on Bills, although public pressure forced submissions on the Terrorism Bill after Green MP Keith Locke broke news of the draconian law change late in 2001.

According to Peace Movement Aotearoa this Bill "marks the single greatest legislative erosion of human rights and the due process of law in this country since those Acts passed in the late 1800s which took away the right to trial - in particular the M